Holding a sign reading "44 minks=1 fur coat," one protester explained that animals raised on fur farms are most commonly killed by anal and genital electrocution, which prevents the fur from being marred. "It's shocking and disgusting, but people need to know," she said.
Matt Rossell, Northwest Outreach Coordinator for In Defense of Animals, said simultaneous marches were taking place in major cities throughout the country. "31 million animals are killed yearly for their fur," Rossell claimed.
Bicycle cops flanked the procession and stood guard on corners. But there was only minor friction: An angry employee at Nicholas Ungár's Furs slammed and locked his doors, and a riled-up teen threatened a young protester, repeatedly screaming, "It's survival of the fittest! Animals are here for us to use however we see fit!" ERIN ERGENBRIGHT
IS THAT YOU, ELLIOT NESS? Prohibition may have ended decades ago, but lately state and city officials seem morally pressed to bring back the good old days of government-sponsored teetotalers. Over the past two years, the Oregon Liquor Commission Control (OLCC) has steadily tightened the screws on drinking establishments. Now a prudish ordinance being considered by city council can be added to those restrictions.
On Wednesday, city council will vote on an ordinance to clamp down on so-called "problem" bars and liquor stores. Under the new rule, if three or more complaints are lodged against a "problem" business in one month, the establishment will be subject to "time, place, and manner" restrictions.
Although city officials have assured they will use their new powers prudently, the problem lies in how "complaint" is defined. It could as minor as trash around the area or public urination, or it could even come from a neighbor who has a beef with the bar.
City council is expected to approve the ordinance. To voice your objections, attend this Wednesday's council meeting, 1221 SW 4th Ave, 2 pm. PB